College of Saint Elizabeth first-year head basketball coach Nicole Degenhardt was named Coach of the Year by the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC), and CSE senior Sabrina Jarmolinski, a Justice Studies major, was selected for the First Team. NEAC made the announcement as part of its 2011-12 Women’s Basketball All-Conference Team selections. The top 15 players, with first, second and third teams, were selected by the conference coaches. Degenhardt was selected in a vote of her NEAC peers.
Coach Makes Her Mark in Her First Season
In her first season as a NCAA head basketball coach, Degenhardt piloted the CSE Screaming Eagles to a 16-10 overall record and a 13-5 mark in the NEAC, good enough to earn the No. 2 seed in the South Division. That seed earned CSE the right to host the first-ever NEAC playoff game in the College’s history.
Degenhardt, a native of Secaucus, N.J. who was a three-sport athlete at Division II Felician College, becomes the second female basketball coach in NEAC basketball history to be named Coach of the Year, the first since Carissa Ryan from Keystone earned the award in 2004-05.
Jarmolinski Ends Her CSE Career with Distinction
Jarmolinski, a senior captain, was selected All-Conference for the third consecutive season. She was a second-team honoree following her junior season in 2010-11 and received a third-team nod as a sophomore in 2009-10.
This season Jarmolinski was the top offensive threat, statistically, in the NEAC. She averaged a league-best 21.1 points per game and led the NEAC with a 38.4 shooting percentage from beyond the 3-point line. Jarmolinski also finished second in the NEAC in rebounds per game (11.3).
Jarmolinski became the 10th player in Saint Elizabeth history to score 1,000 points in her career on January 8, 2012, at SUNY Cobleskill. Three times this season she was named NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week. Jarmolinski was also recently named Eastern College Athletic Conference Basketball Player of the Week.
This is the third consecutive season a CSE woman was selected to the NEAC First-Team; Maesoon Deeb, ‘11, a math major, earned the honor in 2010-11 and Sarah Kozlowski, ’10, a communications major, was tabbed in 2009-10.